By Christian Andrick

Fantasy Bundesliga: Must-haves and differentials for Matchday 2

Ahead of Matchday 2, we have highlighted a must-have player (M) and a differential pick (D) from each game that you should consider for your Fantasy Bundesliga team.
RB Leipzig v. VfB Stuttgart:

M: David Raum, Defender (RBL, 11.1M, 5%) - Raum registered an assist during the first match in what should be a prolific season for the fullback. Coming off the high of the Supercup, Leipzig was not completely there against Bayer, but should right the ship against Stuttgart.

D: Enzo Millot, Midfielder (VFB, 8.1M, 2%) - Millot had a decent opening match, scoring seven Fantasy points in Stuttgart’s destruction of Bochum. He should also take some of the corner kicks which always adds to a player's importance in the Fantasy game.

Sport-Club Freiburg v. SV Werder Bremen:

M: Roland Sallai, Midfielder (SCF, 9.4M, 6%) - The Hungarian was everywhere in Freiburg’s first match, tied with the sixth highest Fantasy points for the matchday with 19. If he can capitalize on the attacking prowess Freiburg displays, this could become a common occurrence.

D: Jens Stage, Midfielder (SVW, 3.9M, 2%) - It was always going to be a tough matchup against Bayern but Stage did show some signs of life. If looking for a super cheap starter who has aspirations for goal, Stage could be your man.

1. FC Köln v. VfL Wolfsburg:

M: Mattias Svanberg, Midfielder (WOB, 9.4M, 3%) - Svanberg had an outstanding game last weekend, assisting on Wind’s goal and also taking a few shots himself. There is no reason he should not excel in his second year in the Bundesliga.

D: Lovro Majer, Midfielder (WOB, 10.1M, 1%) - One of the new faces to the midfield for Wolfsburg, Majer made his presence known, earning a respectable seven Fantasy points in his first game. He also took the only two set-pieces the team earned.

VfL Bochum 1848 v. Borussia Dortmund:

M: Sébastien Haller, Forward (BVB, 14M, 22%) - Not the best first match for Haller to open the season but hardly an indication of his talent. Bochum looks to be the punching bag of the league this year so expect Haller to turn things around immediately.

D: Karim Adeyemi, Forward (BVB, 13M, 8%) - Hardly a differential but for a Dortmund player under 10%, he’ll do just fine. He should be healthy to start this weekend but even off the bench, he could easily grab a goal or an assist in this matchup.

1. FC Heidenheim 1846 v. TSG Hoffenheim:

M: Wout Weghorst, Forward (TSG, 10.9M, 1%) - A game full of differentials but a healthy Weghorst is a must-have in this matchup. This will be his first match back in the Bundesliga and Hoffenheim will certainly want to turn things around after a subpar start to the season.

D: Marius Bülter, Forward (TSG, 11M, 0%) - On sale at 11M as well, the top scorer for Schalke last year joined Hoffenheim in hopes of impressing again for another season. He earned a tidy eight points in the first matchday, ripping off a few shots that he hope can land this weekend.

SV Darmstadt 98 v. 1. FC Union Berlin:

M: David Datro Fofana, Forward (FCU, 8.2M, 3%) - Behrens had the outstanding match in the opener for Union but Fofana had a strong debut in his own right for his fist time in the Bundesliga. With all the attention on Behrens, Fofana will have ample opportunities to make an impact.

D: Aissa Laidouni, Midfielder (FCU, 7.2M, 2%) - Laidouni had an assist against Mainz and should continue to solidify the midfield position for Union. He scored two goals in 14 appearances last season so hopefully he can find his name on the scoresheet more often this year in any way possible.

Borussia Mönchengladbach v. Bayer 04 Leverkusen:

M: Jonas Hofmann, Midfielder (B04, 15.3M, 11%) - After many years at Gladbach, Hofmann will have a quick turnaround in facing his former side. He already started his Leverkusen career off superbly so it will be icing on the cake to do it against his old team as well.

D: Alassane Pléa, Forward (BMG, 10.9M, 1%) - Pléa should start out on the wing and really needs a strong showing. He had two goals and nine assists last year so he is definitely still capable of pulling off some impressive feats of skill.

1. FSV Mainz 05 v. Eintracht Frankfurt:

M: Philipp Max, Defender (SGE, 10.3M, 4%) - Max started this season off with a bang and scored an impressive 13 Fantasy points. He should continue to be a top Defender in the Fantasy game all season long.

D: Willian Pacho, Defender (SGE, 7.3M, 1%) - Mainz did not look incredibly dangerous so a clean sheet is not out of the question. Pacho is also on sale so if you're looking to open up your budget, there could be worse options.

FC Bayern München v. FC Augsburg:

M: Leroy Sané, Forward (FCB, 14.4M, 11%) - Sané was basically unstoppable in the first match and looks like he is surely on his way to his best season in Bavaria. With the two goals against Werder, he is a quarter of the way towards his league total from last year after the first game.

D: Thomas Müller, Forward (FCB, 13M, 2%) - At only 2% ownership, Müller can make a huge difference if he has a great game. He came off the bench and got an assist last week and is expected to start this time around.

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